AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

Bridges by Tristan O’Tierney →

January 27, 2015 |

What an incredible collection of images by Tristan O’Tierney. Mesmerizing.

I was not familiar with O’Tierney’s work but boy, the man can shoot. Check out his storehouse post on the intricacies of long-exposure photography, for example. So great — and pretty instructive, too!

Via Josh Ginter, who keeps adding fuel to my photographic addiction. I think I need an intervention.

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Steve Huff’s first thoughts on the Panasonic Lumix LX100 →

January 27, 2015 |

Steve Huff:

At the end of the day the LX100 did not inspire me enough to want to really get out there and shoot with it. I wish I could have tested the Leica version because while it is the same camera, it is made in a different factory to higher standards and includes better extras (warranty, accessories, software) while looking nicer.

The entire review could be summarized in one word: meh. The LX100 is a decent camera but at that price, you can do better.

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David Cain tries a standing desk →

January 27, 2015 |

His logic is sound:

Part of the reason standing desks seemed so unintuitive to me at first was because I associate standing with a kind of temporariness — you stand when you’re doing something like talking on a pay phone, or waiting for the ATM, not while you’re settling into a major task. But that sense of temporariness may be the genius of it, if it can help a person get down to work more assertively.

Put another way, sitting is a highly passive state, perfectly suited for self-entertainment or other effortless activities, and perhaps not so well suited for focused work. I suspect that standing makes a person less inclined to play and more inclined to work. I can easily spend four hours in a chair doing one hour of work and three hours of not-work. But there’s no way I’m going to spend four hours standing just to spend most of it dicking around.

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A photograph within a photograph →

January 26, 2015 |

Russian photographer Maksim Zavialov has a great Instagram series of “photographs within photographs”. Really cool stuff through the magic of composition.

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Five Years of iPad →

January 26, 2015 |

Believe it or not, it’s already been five years since the iPad was introduced. Stephen Hackett shows some side-by-side shots of the original iPad and the current iPad Air two.

Five years. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

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The Lego-style apartment in Barcelona →

January 23, 2015 |

Architect Barbara Appolloni has designed one of the most fascinating apartments I’ve ever seen. It’s positively tiny, measuring only 24 square meters (258.3 square feet), but it includes all features traditionally found in average-sized apartments:

Like the game “Lego”, everything fits perfectly creating a meticulous system of pieces designed to contain the specific features of a home. Different opening mechanisms create a universe that transforms the scene according to the hour of day.

The closet, kitchen, dining table and even washroom door are all hidden by the walls. The bench can be used as a seat and an exterior access ladder. A wheel system allows to pull out the double bed housed under the floor of the balcony. An external staircase connects the ground floor with the terrace, where a bath and a large wooden couch are placed. The magnificent views of the city complete the comfort of the home.

The only “minor” quibble: it’s located on a fifth floor — with no elevator. Check out the video below to see the design in action, as well as the previous state of the building. It’s such a huge difference it’s hard to believe:

Just amazing.

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The Star Wars Tipping Point →

January 23, 2015 |

Today’s xkcd:

On May 13th, The Phantom Menace will have come out closer to Return of the Jedi than to the present.

Not cool, xkcd. Not cool.

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Thoughts on becoming an adventurer →

January 22, 2015 |

Speaking of finding your thing, Alastair Humphreys wrote a great article on how he managed to turn his passion for adventure into an actual job. This is great advice for anyone trying to make a living doing what they love. If you’re considering something like this, you will probably recognize much of yourself in these points:

  • I love almost every aspect of what I do.
  • I love being self- employed: the freedom and the responsibility and the pressure.
  • I think I’m probably now un-employable.
  • I love being creative.
  • I appreciate that building a profile helps generate exciting opportunities. (And I have come to accept -though not enjoy- the weird world of relentless self-promotion that being a career adventurer requires. I remain uncomfortable with people praising me more than I deserve, and I continue to get very angry and upset with the inevitable haters that your self-promotion will attract.)

Via Kottke, who adds a couple insightful comments you should definitely check out.

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Matt Gemmell on work →

January 22, 2015 |

The word “work”, as we commonly use it, often carries incredibly negative connotations. When your work doesn’t inspire you, it’s hard to find the silver lining — particularly on a Monday morning. But does it have to be that way? Matt invites us to look for the thing that doesn’t feel like work to us:

When you’re doing that thing, you can’t wait to get to work. Evenings are continuations. Weekends are more opportunities to fashion great works. Holidays are a change of scenery, without the final day being tinged with sadness and dread, before you return to your life’s work.

Compensation is a welcome bonus, for something you’d be doing regardless. Retirement is unthinkable - why would I ever stop?

Nailed it. There’s a great sense of relief in knowing you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. The thing that fits, as Matt wrote. It’s intoxicating. Analog Senses is that thing for me, and now I can’t believe it took me so long to figure it out.

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